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Popular Music Theory Teachers Near Norfolk

Lynn K.

Virginia Beach, VA
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Dan C.

Virginia Beach, VA
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Barry F.

Newport News, VA
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Lynn K. Virginia Beach, VA

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Bass Guitar, Drum, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Ukulele, Violin

About Me

relationship with music & your chosen instrument is unique &
will be life long. I look forward to sharing your
excitement as we pursue the path to comfort, confidence & the
eventual, inevitable joy you will achieve with your new friend.

Whether you are 5, 25, or perhaps 75 years old when you make the decision to enter the world of music, you will be changing your life for the positive.

*** Lesson Details ***
In a very calm, easy going atmosphere you can expect to laugh a bit, as it is called 'playing' music! You will have an understanding of how to read & play a minimum 3 songs each month, & will be picking up enough music theory as it applies to your instrument each week to feel confident & inspired to continue on as far as you desire. We will learn how to 'play well with others' in informal as well as more structured gatherings every few months, with no pressure, only compassion & encouragement.

For those wishing to join in the fun of playing bluegrass music, we will start out with technique exercises, scales, basic melodies & accompaniment patterns to prepare you to learn this unique & exciting style of American music. There are many gatherings in the area called 'Pickin' Parties' that I want to get you ready to participate in as soon as is humanly possible.

If you are one of those brave souls undertaking the lovely but challenging fretless instrument, the violin, my main focus is to get you started with the all the necessary basic techniques - holding the instrument & bow correctly, getting the best possible tone & pitch using efficiency & accuracy, mixed with a great deal of ear training & heart.

Specific songs you'd like to learn? Your reward for accomplishing what I deem necessary on whichever instrument you've chosen will be for us to listen to your desired piece & writing it out in either or tablature or standard notation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson studios contain piano, electronic keyboard, electronic drum set, music stand, tuner, metronome, manuscript books available for purchase, easy parking in the well lit front lot.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have own instrument & be willing to purchase necessary tools as recommended for their instrument, such as, music stand, tuner, pick, book, strap, etc.

*** Specialties ***
Bluegrass, Country, Country Rock, Contemporary Christian, Americana, Ragtime Blues Guitar, Fingerstyle, Flatpick, Accompaniment

Dan C. Virginia Beach, VA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Elementary Math, Essay Writing, Guitar, Music Theory, Pre Algebra, Spelling

About Me

Summary of Qualifications

€ More than twenty nine years of experience in music.
€ Private teaching of Bass guitar and beginner electric, acoustic guitar since 1990
€ Uncommon knowledge of music gained since early age.
€ Remarkable ability to play pieces in a historically accurate way.
€ Flexibility, energy, and ability to practice daily.
€ High degrees of self-motivation- practice without supervision
€ Profound ability to listen to everyone's suggestions as well as an excellent team
member when rehearsing and performing.
€ Excellent ability to respond quickly to verbal directions and aural cues.
€ Unmatchable ability to express self through music.
€ Uncommon enthusiasm for and ability in music and teaching.
€ Excellent organizational skills.
€ Profound ability to communicate musical concepts and instructions clearly.

Energetic teacher specializing in Language Arts, math, science, and social studies instruction.
€ Caring Teacher demonstrating skill in strategic classroom management and effective discipline.
€ Enthusiastic teacher with a knack for making learning exciting and enjoyable. Motivated by the belief that all children can be successful learners.

Professional Experience

Keystone Education: Virginia Beach Jan 2014- Present
Responsibilities: Tutor: Math, Language Arts

Jan 2013- Present
Responsibilities: Tutor: English Essay Writing

Substitute Teacher: 09/2009 to Current Virginia Beach City Public Schools €“

€ Instructed up to 30 students individually and in groups.
€ Set up lesson materials, bulletin board displays and demonstrations.
€ Adapted teaching methods and materials to meet students' varying needs and


€ Genre Styles: Fusion, Pop Rock, Country, Classic Rock, Blues, and traditional standards.
€ Performances: Nightclubs and live concerts throughout the United States and S. America
€ Recorded on 3 albums: Group; The Sons of Infinity, €œTime is Against Us€(1994),€œA
Journey through Infinity (1996)€ Group; The Dennis Peters Band, €The Dennis Peters
Band€ (2005)
€ Play from memory, following tablatures and/or improvising.
€ Practice regularly.
€ Set up/tuning the instrument two hours before rehearsal if acclimatization is necessary.

Instrument Music Teacher

€ Planned a program of study that met the individual needs, interests, and abilities of
€ Created a classroom environment that was conducive to learning and appropriate to the
maturity and interests of students.
€ Guided the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals and
established, in harmony with the goals, clear objectives for all lessons, units, projects,
and the like to communicate these objectives to students.
€ Employed instructional methods and materials that are most appropriate for meeting
stated objectives.
€ Lead several students towards their Bachelor Degrees of Music.

University of Phoenix 2012 - Phoenix, Arizona Master of Arts: Elementary Education
(3.86 G.P.A)

Ashford University 2011 - Clinton, Iowa Bachelor of Arts: Social Science
(3.94 G.P.A Summa Cum Laude)

Certificate of Audio Engineering.
Institute of Audio Research, Manhattan, NY

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students at beginner through intermediate levels; age has no boundaries.

Materials needed before your lesson: (You can get these at your local music store)
Blank sheet music book and pencils, 9 volt battery metronome, guitar picks,extra guitar and/or bass strings

Depending on the students determination and focus in learning, I expect my students to play everything the lesson requires for the day, practice at least a half hour every other day and to be prepared with all the materials that I have required for the next lesson. I know that might be asking a lot for the adult student, but this is essential for all to become a good players. I am a passionate teacher and I expect a similar attitude in my students. I suggest that if you are not willing to put in the practice time that I ask of you , please admit to yourself that this might not be for you!

When you have completed 6 months of learning with me, you should know how to play easy acoustic, electric and bass guitar chords and riffs to your favorite tunes in perfect time, providing you have practiced daily!

*** Travel Equipment ***

*** Specialties ***
Blues, classic rock, hard rock, instrumental, acoustic

Barry F. Newport News, VA

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Theory

About Me

Hello, my name is Barry. I can teach you to play guitar using standard guitar techniques. when you learn these techniques you can play your favorite songs any time you want! I have been playing guitar for fifty years and my background includes: Folk Guitar, Classical Guitar, Blues Guitar and Jazz Guitar. In addition I have played many music performances so I know how to improvise. If you take lessons from me I can guarantee success! Its all up to you and the amount of time you put into practicing. So give TakeLessons a call and lets get playing!

*** Lesson Details ***
After six months you should be reading well enough to play written music. I am patient with my students but I do expect you to work. I use the Aaron Sheer Standard Guitar Technique. Materials may vary according to the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have several types of guitars. I have access to specialized equipment for recording. I have a CD and I am going to complete a new CD this month.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to purchase a guitar of good quality and assigned music books.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Blues and Jazz guitar techniques. I can also teach improvisational techniques on guitar.

Barbara M.

Virginia Beach, VA
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Robert S.

Virginia Beach, VA
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Daniel K.

Virginia Beach, VA
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Barbara M. Virginia Beach, VA

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing

About Me

Music has been an integral part of my world, playing a major role in both my personal and professional life. I embrace the chance to be immersed in it, to share my enthusiasm for and expertise in the area of the music education experience, promoting creative development and student performance skills.

I am an original New Yorker, but have lived in Virginia Beach for the past 12 years. I began studying piano at the age of 8 and have not stopped playing since. It is a gift and a joy to be able to share my love of music performance with people of all ages and abilities. I have also sung in many choirs in addition to performing professionally on the piano and the guitar, both as a soloist and ensemble member.

I rejoice in the success that I see in my students as they learn and gain appreciation for the gift of music. They become more and more eager to share and more and more open to the possibilities ahead.

*** Lesson Details ***
I listen well to my students. They are free and encouraged to express their goals and soon, they become more and more comfortable doing so. They begin to understand that even though I am their instructor, we are working as a team and that my goals for them are directly tied to the goals they have set for themselves.

My teaching style is natural, relaxed and yet, very enthusiastic, all at the same time. I have patience in abundance and my continual student affirmation is well received. I give most attention to personalizing instruction for each of my students. My passion for musical expression is contagious and readily shared. It is a joy to teach music, to contribute to the growth and delight that I witness through a student's progress.

I have taught music to both children and adults, from beginner to advanced levels. My teaching approach remains the same, save for the goals that suit the specific student, which we discover early on, sometimes even at the first session, together, right from the start. My beginning students receive the attention necessary to encourage their desire to persevere, which includes positive feedback (which is abundant) and a teaching style that fits his/her level of learning. My student's success is my goal. This is my jubilant mission.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, guitars, mini-amp.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I own 4 guitars, 1 classical, 2 acoustic/electric, and 1 electric, which I can provide for the lesson, if necessary.
I own a Baldwin Acrasonic piano.

The students will need to buy their books.

*** Specialties ***
Methods: Clear presentation of the instrument and the most comfortable way to achieve the best playing results. Emphasis on Theory including chords and improvisation.

Styles: From Classical to Broadway to Folk to Rock to Jazz to Blues.
Genres: All

Robert S. Virginia Beach, VA

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

My name is Robert S. I'm 29 years old. I've been playing music since I was 10 years old. I have taught piano for over 4 years now. I've had ample experience in music performance - touring around the world playing shows in places like Indonesia, Russia, and Japan - was a touring member for the Norfolk based rock group, MAE (Capitol Records, Tooth & Nail Records). My expertise is piano but I have a multi-instrumental understanding of music (piano, guitar, and drums).

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal with each student is to help instill a desire and passion to explore the deeper side of music and how it can bring you closer to matters of the soul. I teach the fundamentals as theory is crucial to understanding music, but let me teach you how to feel the true emotions in music. Each student has his or her own personal musical journey. I'm sensitive to that and want to give each student a head start on that journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I own two digital pianos, both with weighted keys. And I recommend that each of my students has a piano of their own with weighted keys.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If need be I can bring a digital piano with me for in-home lessons.

Daniel K. Virginia Beach, VA

Subjects Taught

Algebra, Basic Math, Biology, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Pre Algebra, Science

About Me

New to the Virginia Beach area, I have 6 years of professional teaching experience and 25 years experience as a performer. I combine these skills to teach music in a way that prepares students to reach their musical goals.

Although I have a passion for music, my day job is as an environmental scientist. I have a long history of teach math and science with non-profits and at the college level. I offer tutoring services for multiple levels of math and science. 

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson will involve a review of assigned work from the previous lesson and the introduction of new concept and work to reinforce it. Aside from lesson book assignments I work with the student to choose special solo pieces that we can work on together.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland Digital Upright Piano
Yamaha Keyboard
Electric Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
5-String Banjo

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha Keyboard w/stand
Yamaha Acoustic Guitar

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory
Introductory Guitar
Introductory Song Wriitng

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